Aria Concert

Campus Activities, Uncategorized, Work/Play Balance

You know what your plans for the day should include?

Attending SCF’s Aria concert tonight! At 8:00 pm in the Neel auditorium, lots of SCF students will be performing some beautiful pieces of music. The main focus (if you couldn’t guess from the name) are aria’s from famous operas (some more famous ones being The Marriage of Figaro and The Magic Flute). Many pieces will be accompanied with live music and over-all I think the show is going to turn out great!

I’d really like to go, but unfortunately I found out after I’d already made other plans. Basically, it sucks to be me, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t go and enjoy it for me! ;) Tickets for admission will probably be around $8, and students are half-off! I hope you have a good time (because you’re going, right?) and please let me know what songs were your favorites! Our email is studentblog@scf.edu.

Powerpoint Presentations

College Basics, Coursework

For my final presentations in my senior year of high school, I had to do two forty-five minute presentations (each was in a group of three, so really only fifteen minutes of talking time per person). I’m SO GLAD to have been put through this! Besides the fact that the presentations themselves were unusually long for a high school assignment, one of them was presented under the ultimate task-mistress of powerpoints. If you did not do your powerpoint correctly, you lost a lot of points. She explained it to us and that was that. Her way or fail.

This probably sounds overly harsh, especially considering that as long as the powerpoint looks good, who cares how its put together? Well, either way, her methods have gotten me through many presentations since and I’ve gotten an A on every one of them. So I’d like to share her guides with all of you!

And thats pretty much the basics! If you have any questions on how to use powerpoint, remember that the program has a great help section. Microsoft’s website also has a whole section dedicated to how-tos on using their programs. If you have any questions about designing a powerpoint, feel free to drop me an email at studentblog@scf.edu!

Exams, and Snowbirds!

Classes, Coursework, Thoughts

Only a few more weeks left of the Spring 2012 Semester! I know I have said this several times but seriously.. Where has the time gone? It’s astonishing to me.

One thing I have noticed that says “Summer is here” more than anything, is the vast majority of out-of-state drivers that have flocked here recently. That will always be a great indicator of the season– Weather it’s hot or not. (haha, see what I did there?!)

It has gotten so bad on I-75, that I don’t even use the interstate to get to/from work/school/home anymore.. I just take the back roads. It may take longer than usual, but compared to the large number of wrecks and slow drivers out there right now, I would say it is the fastest possible way to get around!

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What is your favorite class? I would have to say mine is “Math.” Not really a specific course, but I do very well with math and I enjoy it. Hit me up. studentblog@scf.edu

Student Art Gallery

Campus Activities

If you’re an art student, you probably already know about this…

The student art gallery is opening next Friday!

Today was the last day to submit your pieces, but for anybody who is only interested in looking, have no fears, your time has not past. I submitted three pieces of my own and while doing so I got a glimpse at some of the fantastic things made by SCF students! I really hope everybody takes the time to check out the artwork that was submitted. There were some fabulous paintings and pencil drawings, lovely photography, and I was really blown away by the 3D pieces!!

If you’re interested in checking this out (which you really, really should be), the art gallery is connected to the Neel Performing Arts Center, on the side next to the Social Studies building.  If you need any more help finding the lovely art gallery, send us an email at studentblog@scf.edu.

Meanwhile, I have to skidaddle and work on my history paper. @__@ Time really flies, I can’t believe there’s pretty much a month left until the semester is over!!

Busy Busy Busy!

Career, Classes, Coursework, Uncategorized, Work/Play Balance

Hello All! I apologize for not writing at all until now. This week has been extremely busy for me. I actually had to take a day off of work just so I could get caught up on my school work!

Overall I am doing well. Last week I told you guys I would keep you posted on my Chemistry exam. I ended up getting an 81%, which wasn’t bad but not exactly what I was hoping for. I am doing my best to live every day to the fullest, and enjoy everything about every day. Afterall, you aren’t here for a long time, you’re here for a good time! (George Strait song is playing right now, and it’s my favorite!)

In my ENC 1102 class, we have been assigned to write a Literary Analysis for one of the short stories we’ve read during class. As I’m sure you guessed, I picked an “Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.” (If you follow my blog I mentioned awhile back how much I loved that story!!) This literary analysis has been one of the most challenging assignments I’ve ever had to do.. Actually THE hardest. I’ve never had to do anything close to this before and it has really opened my mind up to trying to learn new ways of reading..

You see, (for me at least) I have settled into this “groove” that hasn’t changed or needed to change up until now.. I was so used to reading the story and getting it done and over with, that I never really analyzed the literature before. (Yes, I know you are meant to do that in grade school, but I never did it to the extent that I am now.) That is one of the beautifully frustrating parts I have been dealing with. It is almost bitter sweet… I am struggling, but it is almost nice to struggle. (No, I’m not trying to be cocky.) I feel like the best lessons learned are the ones you struggle to understand.. Sort of like when you LOSE, you learn from it more than if you WIN. It’s the same thing with me. I like winning, don’t get me wrong, but every now and then it is sobering to realize that you’ve lost.. What’s more is since you’ve lost you now need to get up and wipe the dust off, and learn what you did incorrectly. This is something that admittedly I have not done too much of over the course of the past few years. I have done fairly well in all of my classes.

So, what do you like the most about learning? email me at studentblog@scf.edu and let me know! :)

Ahh, Memories.

College Basics, Coursework, Thoughts, Uncategorized

This week in my ENC 1102 class, we started reading poems. I personally am not much of a poem type person.. Roses are red, violets are blue (you’d think they would be violet, not blue..?) Anyway.. Not much of a poet.

We started on what poems tend to be written on the majority of the time (in my opinion anyway): Love poems! There are of course the typical love poems you would think someone like Romeo would recite to Juliet, or something along those lines. Today however, we were assigned to read about love poems of a different breed. I’m not even sure how to convey the type of poem to you. It most definitely is a love poem, but it is not the kind often associated with the word. I wish there was a way to describe it. Well, I can try!

We were assigned to read five poems and take notes if we chose to, to come back to class with a good understanding of each poem. The first poem I have provided below. It is extremely beautiful, and it kind of makes me sad inside, but in almost a good way.. Kind of one of those axioms that nobody can describe but everyone understands.

“On My First Son” by Ben Jonson
Farewell, thou child of my right hand, and joy;
My sin was too much hope of thee, loved boy:
Seven years thou wert lent to me, and I thee pay,
Exacted by thy fate, on the just day.
O could I lose all father now! for why
Will man lament the state he should envy,
To have so soon ‘scaped world’s and flash’s rage,
And, if no other misery, yet age?
Rest in soft peace, and asked, say, “Here doth lie
Ben Jonson his best piece of poetry.”
For whose sake henceforth all his vows be such
As what he loves may never like too much.

This poem is surely a love poem, but it is not typical. It talks about the love of the mans first child.. Talks about his memory and love for the boy.

This is only the first poem, but as you can see it is quite serious as compared to the contrasting side of “love.”

Several others go on to talk about the love of other family members lost, be it a wife, son, grandfather, etc. Several also talk about the love of ones childhood, and boy did that bring back memories for me personally. It’s amazing how detailed and specific these poems are. I constantly find myself amazed at how well they are written, and can even achieve describing something as difficult to define as “love.” (Try it! It’s not something you can easily define.. But again, it is sort of an axiom that everyone understands and doesn’t need to be described.) But hey, I guess that’s why it’s in the course curriculum right? Haha. Anyway.. I just found myself to be more interested in poetry than I previously envisioned myself to be. Who knows, maybe I will end up being a poet! Let me try!

Roses are Red,

Violets are Blue,

… Still got nothing..

Oh well. I tried. :)

What is your favorite poem? Do you not have any specific faves? Maybe a favorite poet? I’m interested in hearing your thoughts on the matter.

Hit me up!

studentblog@scf.edu

Buy me some peanuts and crackerjacks!

Campus Activities, Uncategorized, Work/Play Balance

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was sure busy… Lot’s of schoolwork kept me out of trouble! I am excited about this week though!

Some kind of cool news! SCF’s baseball team is going to be playing the Baltimore Orioles tomorrow, (Tuesday, April 3rd) from 1-4PM at Ed Smith Stadium!! How outstanding is that?!

Tickets are only $3 and all proceeds go straight towards SCF Manatees Athletics Department to support scholarships and athletic department operations. Some other contact information is below if you are interested. It’s a great opportunity to support your school and see a baseball game at the same time!

SCF Athletics 941-752-5261 http://scf.edu/athletics

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 1:05 PM – 4:00 PM

Where: Ed Smith Stadium 2700 12th Street, Sarasota, Fl
What is your favorite sport? I would have to say mine is Competitive Shooting. It’s extremely fun, and challenging, and there’s nothing quite like it! Let me know! studentblog@scf.edu

Hunger Pains

Classes, On-campus food, Thoughts

I’ve mentioned before how I can’t hold my focus when I’m hungry. This usually means that if I’m sitting through more than a couple hours of class, its a smart move on my part to have a snack on hand!

Sometimes I’ll pack something simple like a small container of grapes or a banana. Sometimes I’ll make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or an egg sandwich. For the days I’m on campus all day, I’ll pack a lunchbox full of things (leftovers, instant oatmeal, fruit, etc.)! And sometimes I’m lazy the night before and walk to Subway instead. Eat a big breakfast, snag some hummus and pretzel chips from the Student Union, and a foot long can last me lunch and dinner! I’ve noticed that not letting myself get too hungry is really crucial around seven, the beginning of my three hour evening class. If I don’t eat something then, by eight o’clock I just want to bang my head into things! There’s nothing wrong with the class, besides being long, and I do like the professor a lot. But ugh, who wants to hear about the War with Mexico when your stomach hurts and your head hurts and ugh! You see what I mean?

Surely I can’t be the only person who has this problem! The point of this, really, was to ask you guys a few questions. :) How do you handle your hunger pains? Do you pack foods? If you do, what sort? Or do you rely on the student union and it’s row of snack machine? Or do you venture further off campus and eat at one of the many surrounding restaurants? Please, share your wisdom with me! I’ve got to admit, I’m tired of eating Subway or croissant sandwiches whenever I forget to pack food, haha. Our email is studentblog@scf.edu, I’m looking forward to your replies.

Only a few more weeks!

Uncategorized

Yesterday I took that dreaded chemistry exam I have been telling you about.. Ehh… I feel I did alright, I am anxiously awaiting my grade to be posted though. Chemistry is a great subject and very interesting if you are into that sort of thing. One thing I have discovered is that it is not my forte. I went in to this class thinking I was going to continue in the medical/chemistry career by becoming a Veterinarian, but have since learned that is not where I was destined to go.

One thing though, is that the class is interesting! I am not bashing chemistry or what it’s about, I’m simply saying that it’s not for me. But I guess knowing what you DON’T want to do is just about as important as knowing what you DO want to do, right?

After this chemistry class is over, which is only a few more weeks, I think I am going to try one more course, just to see if I can get the hang of it and get into a better rhythm than I am now. I am studying my can off, and only have a measly 86 B in the class. (At least, that is prior to my exam grade being posted xD) … I am the type of person that, when goes for a grade, let’s call it an A.. Anything less than that is a failure.. So I find I am putting a lot of stress on myself and it just isn’t helping me to learn the material better.

I think the point of today’s blog is to communicate to everyone something along the lines of this: If you end up not liking a subject or finding out it’s not for you, that’s great in a way! You have eliminated a possible path from your list, and the path you are meant to be on is one step closer to being under your feet.

Until next time, it’s Steve signing out! :)

What is your favorite subject? Mine would have to be math. Or recess.. LOL. I’d like to know what your favorite subject is and why! Email me and who knows, maybe we can end up taking a class or two together! :)

studentblog@scf.edu

Sometimes it’s Fixable

Graduation

I’d like to share a little story with you guys. Back in October I visited FSU, talked to a few professors and toured the school, and made the decision that it was the school I wanted to continue at. I put in my transfer application, sent in all of my paperwork, and then I waited. There were a couple of speed bumps, a couple of delays, but when I checked my “Status Check” page online last Saturday, my results were in!

I’d been rejected. Because I was missing a “milestone marker” for major. What did this mean?! I’d checked and checked and talked to the head of the department I was going into, what “milestone” could I possibly be missing? Surely it wasn’t my G.P.A. I was pretty devastated, not going to lie. I’ve already signed my lease for an apartment in Tallahassee, I’m moving up one way or another.

I think the worst part of reading that decision on Saturday was the fact that I couldn’t do anything about it until Monday. But when Monday rolled around, I was all over the FSU website. I found the numbers I needed (the professor I’d spoken with and undergrad admissions) and I got started. My first call went to the head professor of the Chinese department. He was equally baffled, stating that since I had not been attending FSU for my first two years, he didn’t understand how it was expected that I should have met any program “milestones.” That phone call was not necessarily helpful in finding out why I hadn’t gotten in, but it was comforting to know that somebody higher up was equally confused. It also turned out to be very important later one. My next call went to the admissions office, and after being transferred a few times, it was revealed that I had been rejected because I “lacked proficiency in Chinese.”

This was also confusing. Some personal background, I studied the Chinese language for three years in high school and have also been to China. Alongside both of these facts, the language is spoken every day at home between my step-mom and little sister. Finally, I got to the last person. The Chinese department was under the mass-umbrella of the College of Arts and Sciences, and I needed to speak to the head of that department specifically because she was the woman who reviewed applications for admission. What happened was that when a student gets an A.A. degree, colleges that they are transferring to no longer look at their high school transcripts. The head of the department was under the impression that I had never studied Chinese, as the only language class I have taken at SCF was a semester of French. I explained how and where I had studied Chinese and she told me something magical.

My admission would be reversed. By that Friday, I had been accepted to FSU. The reason this was so simple was because in my case, the only thing holding me back was my supposed lack of experience with the subject that I planned to major in.

So sometimes, its just a misunderstanding. I’m not saying that getting into a university is an easy task, you still have to work hard and stay on top of your game. But if you ever get the dreaded rejection letter, keep in mind that you can always call the university to at least

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